PORT ARTHUR — Last weekend’s column dealt with specific flounder fishing techniques. This week I would like to address some of the specific gear I use in local waters. All of these are items I have used extensively over the last few years and they are all affordable.
When I stepped into the world of seeking flounder with artificial lures 20 years ago I had no idea just how much specific rods, line and colors of lures could make a difference.
In the description of these products you will see that in a big way.
2.5-inch Sassy Shad: This small shad imitation from Mr. Twister in the clear/silver flake/black back caught the vast majority of flounder for me over the last two years. They seem to be wanting something small and when the water is clear I offer up this lifelike shad imitation rigged on a 1/16-ounce jighead. Tipped with a small piece of shrimp it has proven to be a deadly combo.
Pflueger Arbor 7440 Spin Combo: This is nice, affordable spinning combo that is great for the kind of flounder fishing I mainly do, which involves pitching, flipping and making precision casts along marshy shorelines and around structure. I have used this a lot and found the rod has a nice combination of backbone and a sensitive tip. In addition, the reel works great for braid or monofilament.
In fact, I have been using braid without a mono backing and have had zero problems with those mysterious spinning reel backlashes and strange loops that pop up. Now, I will say this does not qualify as a stiff “pool cue” rod like I often use but for most flounder fishing applications it is more than adequate.
The rod I have is medium and it works fine and has even helped me haul some six and seven-pound class largemouth bass out of super heavy structure on top of some decent flounder catches.